Outrage: Tripoli 6 re-sentenced to death
A Libyan court dealt another heartbreaking setback to the Tripoli 6, the foreign healthcare workers wrongfully accused of deliberately infecting Libyan children with HIV:
A Libyan court today sentenced five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor to death after finding them guilty of deliberately infecting 400 children with the HIV virus.
The presiding judge, Mahmoud Hawissa, read out the verdict in a seven-minute hearing at a Tripoli court, which came at the end of the defendants' second trial.
The six - who had detained for nearly seven years - had previously been convicted and sentenced to death, but Libyan judges granted them a retrial after international protests over the fairness of the proceedings. [Guardian]
The scientific community rallied behind the accused medics. Leading experts on HIV collaborated to empirically absolve them. Bloggers from across the political spectrum also spoke up for science and justice.
There may still be hope for the prisoners. The Libyan supreme court may grant them clemency on appeal. Alternatively, it may be possible to ransom the health care workers by paying "reparations" for the HIV infections.
To learn more about the Tripoli Six and the AIDS transmission tragedy, watch the acclaimed documentary Injection by Mickey Grant.